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Imperial Couple's Summer Vacation

Tokyo Imperial Palace Shoryudo Nagano
Imperial Couple's Summer Vacation

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and his wife Empress Emerita Michiko visited an area where returnees from former Manchuria after World War II have settled.

They took a stroll around a lettuce farm in the Ohinata settlement in Nagano Prefecture.

On August 27, the imperial couple will head to Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, where they will spend the rest of their vacation. The former empress was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer earlier this month. She is set to undergo surgery this autumn.